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Karun Nair has officially joined county side Northamptonshire for the remainder of the season after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out with an injury. Shaw was having a stellar season but incurred a knee injury, after which he had to fly back home. 

Even though Shaw was only on the team for a short while, he made a big impact, scoring two hundreds in his four innings, including a 244 off 153 balls against Somerset, which is currently the second-highest List A score in England. The 31-year-old will replace Sam Whiteman, who has returned to Australia, and will play the remaining three LV= Insurance County Championship fixtures.

“I’m really looking forward to joining Northamptonshire and getting to play in the County Championship.” Nair said. He further said, “You hear a lot about county cricket, and I know Prithvi [Shaw] really enjoyed his time with the team, so it’s exciting to have the opportunity to be involved too.”

“It’s great that we’ve been able to secure Karun to come over for the remainder of the season, he’s really keen to get going,” head coach John Sadler said. “He’s a high class batter who’s scored something like 11,000 runs in his career, and his first class numbers are particularly special,” he further reiterated.

Karun has played so far in 85 domestic games, scoring 5922 runs at an average of 48.94, with 15 hundreds and 27 fifties. The batsman is also only the second Indian to score a triple hundred in Test cricket after Virender Sehwag. However, he has only represented the nation in six Tests and two ODIs, and last played for India in 2017. 

Nair has already landed in the UK and will join the squad ahead of the County fixture against Warwickshire, starting on Sunday, September 10.